Light festival worth £4million to economy

Durham Lumiere Festival 2011.'Crown of Light.'A son et lumiere at Durham cathedral.'Artists; Ross Ashton, Robert Ziegler and John Del' Nero

Durham Lumiere Festival 2011.'Crown of Light.'A son et lumiere at Durham cathedral.'Artists; Ross Ashton, Robert Ziegler and John Del' Nero

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A LIGHT festival has helped pump millions of pounds into Durham’s economy.

The Lumiere festival 2011 is estimated to have been worth more than £4million to County Durham.

An independent financial assessment of the event by Miller Research Evaluation Consulting has revealed a return of 980 per cent on Durham Council’s initial investment of £400,000.

Councillor Neil Foster, cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “The economic impact speaks for itself – £4.3million is a fantastic return on investment and a hugely significant boost for the county’s economy.

“About 150,000 people came to Durham City over those four magical evenings last November.”